Ronald’s works are representative theses that marry his innovative belief to a strong artistic vision. He uses art as a medium to arrest and portray alternative narratives of quotidian lives and intermingling it with stories of the fantastical and the imaginary. His oeuvre deals with social issues and the intimate psyche of urban dwellers in a rapidly growing nation, wistful for the memories of the yesteryears while unable to cope with the changing landscapes of their youth.
In spite of its underlying messages, Ronald’s works are still often playful and injected with humour and pathos. It could be regarded as a reverse bildungsroman, where one chooses to deliberately return to a child-like state, innocent and unadulterated. Indeed, Ronald’s works transport its viewers and suspend them in a liminal space where personal history and cultural paradigms form the basis for a nascent, hybrid worldview.
A set of three murals based on childhood songs from artist Ronald Apriyan’s early years span the staircase landings in SAM at 8Q. These nursery rhymes recall for him beautiful memories, memories that he hopes his children will also have through passing these songs on.
Ronald views such timeless songs as a means of transmission of hopes and prayers from parents to their children, especially in a time of change. The songs address different stages of a child’s development, with these stages reflected chronologically in the paintings from the first landing to the third.
Selasa (14/02) seniman Ronald Apriyan membuka pameran tunggalnya yang bertajuk Persembahan Cinta di Bentara Budaya Jakarta. Pameran ini akan berlangsung hingga 19 Februari mendatang.
Diprakarsai oleh Vivi Yip Art Room, pameran tunggal Ronald kali ini merupakan upaya sang seniman untuk menyampaikan rasa cinta yang menurutnya tengah dibutuhkan oleh dunia saat ini. "Di tengah gesekan dan konflik yang banyak terjadi saat ini, cinta adalah hal yang bisa menjadi obat bagi itu semua," jelas Ronald.
A painting exhibition by Ronald Apriyan is currently being held at the Bentara Budaya Jakarta (BBJ) cultural institute in Palmerah, West Jakarta.
Titled Persembahan Cinta (Love's Offerings) and open until Feb. 19, visitors can expect to marvel at 16 soft-colored acrylic on canvas paintings featuring imaginary figures, which the organizers, namely BBJ and Vivi Yip Art Room, described as “seemingly naïve, but offers a meaningful surreal impression.”
BBJ manager Paulina Dinartisti says that the works reflect Ronald’s love toward child-like, pure and happy expressions. “Ronald is also reminding us as adults to always preserve honesty and sincerity in our daily life,” she said.